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African American professor,


University of Chicago to honor its first African American professor,
Julian H. Lewis, on Feb. 21

By Kerrie Kennedy

Julian H. Lewis, pictured here in 1917 in his graduation gown, was the first African American to teach at the University of Chicago. He joined the UChicago faculty after finishing his MD at Rush Medical College.
By Kerrie Kennedy

Julian H. Lewis was a man who accomplished many significant “firsts” in his lifetime and yet he remains something of a mystery. A Black History Month event on Saturday, Feb. 21 will celebrate the life and legacy of Lewis, who was the first African American to teach at the University of Chicago, and who later was heralded as the father of anthropathology, a field that looks at racial differences in the expression of disease.

He is virtually unknown, not just within the University, but to the whole world,” said Robert L. Branch II, an independent scholar who has studied the history of Lewis’ life and who will speak at the event. “That’s why I wanted to be part of this, to finally give him his recognition. This is the greatest unknown story of the greatest unknown medical and African American pioneer of the 20th century,” said Branch.

Lewis is known to be one of the earliest African Americans in history to hold both an MD and a PhD. His groundbreaking research on race and blood typing led to his equally path-breaking book, Biology of the Negro, published in 1942. “It was the first book of its kind to objectively use science to dispel the myth of a superior race,” said Branch. “It literally changed people’s perspectives on race.” Born in 1891 in Shawneetown, Ill., Lewis was the son of two educators who were born into and later liberated from slavery. It was 100 years ago that Lewis earned his PhD in physiology and pathology from the University of Chicago, graduating magna cum laude in a year and a half. He then earned his MD from Rush Medical College and joined the UChicago faculty in 1917, as an instructor in pathology. In 1923, he became an assistant professor.
A noted expert in immunology at UChicago, Lewis later received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to study in Switzerland. He left UChicago in 1943, and continued his career at Provident Hospital, the first black-owned and operated hospital in the United States. Lewis held a number of other positions from 1952 until his death in 1989.

Joining Branch as event presenters will be Christopher Crenner, the Ralph Major and Robert Hudson professor and chair of history and philosophy of medicine, at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and Tyrone Haymore, founder, director and curator of the Robbins Historical Society and Museum, in Robbins Ill.

The presenters also will look at Lewis’ impact on the culture of the University of Chicago itself, and the network of support he created at a time when many students were confronting racism. “While he was never tenured, and that remains a question,” Branch said, “Lewis became a catalyst for promoting diversity at UChicago. His achievements had a far-reaching impact.”

As an activist and mentor, Lewis supported and championed the early careers of a number of prominent African Americans at UChicago, from dancer Katherine Dunham to the late Prof. James E. Bowman, father of Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

“I would be hard pressed to name any prominent black student or faculty member of his era who didn’t benefit from Lewis’ support,” said Bart Schultz, director of the Civic Knowledge Project, sponsor of the event. “He had a terrific impact as a scientist, but he also was a remarkable person.”

While teaching at UChicago, Lewis became the “bridge” between the University and Provident Hospital. “He was a pioneer in many respects,” said Crenner.

A highlight of the event will be the unveiling of a specially commissioned oil painting of Lewis, which will be donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2016. Representatives from the Smithsonian will be at the event for the presentation of the painting.

“The Life and Legacy of Julian H. Lewis” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The event is free and open to the public.
Reservations may be made for the event by connecting to:
For more information, visit uchicago/diversityproject.


Minnie E. Miller



Dear Senator

Honorable Richard Durbin,

Keeping up with the news, several issues have troubled me.

The Department of Labor said Illinois’ unemployment rate is 8.6% (rarely to they report unemployment among people of color, which is generally more than 3 times higher). Also bothersome is the reduction in the food stamp program (hidden the Farm Bill). Hanging in the balance is denial of continued emergency unemployment compensation benefits will rock this nation.

“Worse, a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts projected Illinois would be dead last among 50 States for job creation in 2014.”

How is it possible that this “Great Nation” can be so callus?

I will listen very closely to President Obama‘s State of the Nation speech this evening, but I must say in advance, he cannot run this nation alone.

Retired but still connected.

~~~ 0 ~~~

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Toni Morrison

Literary Unicorn Toni Morrison Schools Stephen Colbert On Racism & The One “Fairly Substantial Mistake” She Made

Nov 21, 2014 By Shardae Jobson

MUST READ: Rutgers Pays “Jersey Shore” Star More Than Toni Morrison To Appear
Through her strong but affable manner, she exclaimed that for years she didn’t read her novels after completion, but felt her “books are worthy” of accolades like the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize “because they are separate from me”. When she recently picked up a copy of Beloved however, she found it to be “really, really good!” We could’ve told her that!

toni morrison
Regarding what passage or novels she would like to do over, Morrison felt she made a “fairly substantial mistake” when scribing her heartbreaking debut The Bluest Eye. She would’ve liked to provide “justice for one of the characters. A character I didn’t like”. Hmmmm….The Bluest Eye definitely had its share of flawed folk. If you’ve read the book (and please get to it if you haven’t!) who do you think she was referring to?

On the subject of race, without mentioning Ferguson or any 2014 headlines, Colbert asked: “Can I as a White man, understand the African-American experience?” Cue the pen and pad for this one. Morrison stated: “There’s no such thing as race. None. It’s just the human race. Scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct. A social construct. And it has benefits. Money can be made off of it. People who don’t like themselves can feel better because of it…It has a social function. Racism…”

It’s confirmed. Toni Morrison is a unicorn.
This was definitely one of Stephen Colbert’s best interviews yet. Wouldn’t they make a great duo if she was on the show regularly? #yesplease

Related Links:
Toni Morrison Writes For Chipotle & We’re Like, Has It Come To This?

My notes: Ms. Morrison speaks with atticism–concise and elegant expression.
As to the title, why is Toni Morrison likened to a unicorn? To better understand their use of the word, I looked up unicorn and found the following:

unicorn in Culture Expand
unicorn definition
A mythical animal resembling a small horse but with a long, straight horn growing out of its forehead. Often it was described as having the legs of a deer and the tail of a lion. Some sources claim it was visible only to virgins.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Minnie E. Miller


Such Hypocrisy!

Religious freedom?

What is going on here and what is the purpose? What shameful behavior by human beings.

“The Arkansas House has approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one signed into law last week in Indiana that opponents there say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.

“Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he’d sign the measure.

“Fourteen other states are considering similar proposals this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

I think they are thinking about it.

A N D…

“Could Indiana’s new religious freedom law be used as legal justification for smoking marijuana? Maybe.
The First Church of Cannabis Inc. has been approved by Indiana officials after the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week.

“Bill Levin, founder of the church, reportedly filed paperwork almost immediately after Gov. Mike Pence signed the act into law last Thursday with hopes of having the church approved as a religious organization “based on love and understanding with compassion for all.”

The church lists cannabis, also called “the healing plant,” as its sacrament.

“It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group,” according to the church’s “New Deity Dozen.”


P L E A S E!

Minnie E. Miller


Confirmation Still Pending

It has been more than 130 days since Loretta Lynch has been nominated by President Barack Obama for United States Attorney General and she has yet to be confirmed.
Source: @TVOnetv #NewsOneNow.
Roland Martin will stay on the case, as will I.

Update: March 28, 2015,
“Black Women March to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office to push Loretta Lynch Confirmation.”

Please support Mrs. Lynch on social media. There is power in unity.

Minnie E. Miller


Confirmation Pending

Confirm Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General now. Congress should stop their horse-trading.

March 17, 2015

“Given the many racial justice issues facing our nation, the country desperately needs a seamless transition and a continued steady hand at the Justice Department. On the call, leaders called for an immediate vote in favor of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation for Attorney General.”

“The Senate Republican majority is using every excuse it can find to delay or obstruct Lynch’s confirmation. And the one thing these excuses all have in common is that none of them have anything to do with the nominee herself. We know that senators can walk and chew gum at the same time and that this is just the latest turn in what has been the most mishandled and manipulated confirmation process in memory.”


Minnie E. Miller



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Minnie E. Miller



Closing 2014

History of my work ending 2014 –not included are numerous essays and articles.

Several friends and editors have been my angels during my journey through literary-land.

Zaji, my professional editor, designer, and truth-teller. Would not let me off the hook. (Ha!) Priceless.

Barbara Bernard, true friend, editor, and another truth-teller. Love her like a sister. I wish for her better health in 2015.

Idrissa Uqdah, PR mentor, marketer, long time friend introduced me to writers’ Internet sites. She’s another angel.

Sheila Peele-Miller (not related) an old friend and writer who walked with me through my journey for years.

Donald R. Barbera, writer, journalist, photographer, and another great mentor. Maybe even a brother by another mother. {Smile} He knows what I mean.

George and David have had my back for years in all respects. We are going to grow old together.

Ella Curry, Black Pearl Online Magazine, believed in me even when I doubted myself. Her marketing efforts are priceless, truly.

Evelyn Palfrey’s writing and reader group are all fantastic dives.

My support-readers are too numerous to type here.

I know, I breaking all the writing rules here. But that’s OK for now.

If I May:

~~~ Rabindranath Tagore

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